478499 Impact Award: Inverse Design of Interactions for Assembly

Wednesday, November 16, 2016: 12:30 PM
Yosemite A (Hilton San Francisco Union Square)
Thomas M. Truskett, Chemical Engineering and Institute for Theoretical Chemistry, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

Nanometer-scale, colloidally-stable particles suspended in a fluid can be driven to assemble into a wide variety of different structures depending on the control parameters of the system and the nature of the effective interparticle interactions. In many cases, the relevant interactions are tunable via external fields, physical or chemical modification of the particle surfaces, or changes in the composition of the suspending solvent. In this talk, we discuss some of the theoretical challenges associated with the inverse design of interactions for assembly into a targeted structure and the opportunities that new

machine learning based simulation approaches provide for addressing them.

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